Undergraduate course

Biology BSc (Hons)

Discover fascinating truths about our world using state-of-the-art laboratories in this fast-moving, wide-ranging subject.

Biology is the study of life itself. From the microbial world of viruses and bacteria through to whole-body systems and the study of habitats and ecosystems, this is a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary and stimulating science to study.

  • Subject to final approval
  • UCAS Code – C100
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | part-time options available on request
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 points to include a C or above in Biology A-Level

    3 GCSEs Graded C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Become an historian and turn your microscope into a time-machine as you unpick the secrets of evolution through the study of single-celled organisms. Become a designer of the smallest scale as you shape proteins, cells and atoms with the help of nanotechnology. Become a writer as you communicate your remarkable discoveries to your classmates, tutors and beyond. Biology is amongst the fastest developing areas of science and our course investigates it through a variety of real-world, creative and fascinating approaches.

As a practical subject, laboratory activities will be vital to developing your knowledge. As a fast-moving subject, engagement with cutting-edge research and guest speakers and will be integrated into your learning. You will investigate how cells function and replicate, and what happens when these essential processes break down. You will explore experimental approaches to the subject applying methods from outside of the discipline. You will engage with research as an independent investigator, bringing your knowledge to bear on a research question of your choice.

Integral to this Biology course is a multidisciplinary approach which enables you to demonstrate essential scientific understanding alongside transferable skills relevant to your career goals. You’ll learn how to analyse data, how to program, how to communicate and teach and how to manage large and complex projects. This enthusiasm for learning beyond traditional subject boundaries is a strength of our course and our graduates – providing access to unique and exciting insights into the subject.

Our Biology BSc course is exciting, diverse and practical. It will give you access to employment across a range of fast-growing sectors and open up the science and possibilities of life to you.

Course Structure

Level 1


  • Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Mathematics for Bioscience
  • Introduction to Experimental Methods
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Introduction to Biochemistry & Metabolism
  • Introduction to Genetics, Evolution & Development
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introduction to Experimental Methods
  • Communicaton for STEM

Level 2


  • Further Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Endocrinology
  • Further Microbiology
  • Further Experimental Methods
  • Programming for Bioscience
  • Ecosystems & Biogeography
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Physiology of Disease
  • Further Experimental Methods
  • Bioinformatics & Big Data Biology
  • Enterprise

Level 3


  • Human Health & Disease
  • Advanced Immunology & Infection
  • Bioengineering
  • Investigative Research Project
  • Introduction to Cell Signalling
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Habitat Management
  • Investigative Reseach Project


Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points to include a C/4 or above in A Level Biology

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.



View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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